The Design Process


Once the initial planning is complete, our team will take the defining points from the brief and start to produce layout sketches to create the working zones. Thereafter we use the latest software available to create full working drawings to scale, so that each zone can be configured to fit the stand space exactly. From this skeleton, we add the specified components to create the stand design layout that best meets the client’s brief.

Presentation Stage

We then present the client with initial three-dimensional drawings of the stand without graphics. We find this approach focuses the mind on the actual logistics of the stand without confusing the eye with graphical images. The design may go through various stages of refinement until a final one is chosen, at which stage we prepare a fully dimensioned drawing with a list of panel sizes, enabling the client to supply us with their final artwork, or the elements for us to provide them with our internal
artwork service.

Development Stage

The artwork is then rendered to the design drawing for presentation to
the client, so that they can sign off the final design which we will print. We also offer comprehensive photography and graphic design studio facilities. We have extremely talented artists who's services are available at very competitive rates. We are more than willing to assist at whatever level of graphic design service you require, whether that be advice or a complete design package.

At every stage our clients are fully involved and constantly informed of how the stand design will work within the constraints of the specific venue, as all of this information is considered within the planning brief.

Production Stage

For production of your exhibition stand our exhibition stand designers create detailed plans and technical drawings for the production team to make the custom modular exhibition stand. Every element is considered, from the
modular aluminium structure to any Custom production and lighting to ensure the stand installation runs as
smoothly as possible on the day. Our stands are pre-built in our
facility with oversight from you if required and of course our exhibition stand team.


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Exhibiting in Europe

POD Exhibitions is a one-stop destination for complete exhibition management solutions and services across entire Europe including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, etc. We have extensive experience in providing modular reusable exhibition stands as per the requirements, specifications, and budget of exhibitors.
Building modular stand designs is one of our specialties and we are one of the leading modular exhibition stand designers to provide top-quality modular stands.

What UK Companies Need to Know about Exhibiting in the U.S

Exhibiting in the US can be considerably more expensive than in the UK or other cities around the words. In fact, trade show costs are often cited as being 80% higher! But with key international shows taking place in America shows each year, the U.S market so lucrative, and huge
numbers attending U.S tradeshows, it’s a market not to be missed.

And with just three of America’s states, California, Texas and New
York– as separate countries, ranking in the world’s top 14 largest economies, it is little wonder why more and more UK companies are exhibiting stateside.

However, unlike the UK where one company can handle all your exhibition needs and take care of the process from design to installation and set up, the process is far more complicated in America. Navigating the lingo, ‘booth’ rather than an exhibition stand, a ‘tradeshow’ rather than an exhibition, is the easy part.  The planning for you’re a show
can prove to be a real headache if you are not prepared for the other differences.

Getting an idea of the scale involved with U.S exhibiting helps with to
understand the process involved.  Here are few things UK companies
should consider:

Drayage: This is the charge made for moving material from the
loading dock to the stand space, then returning and storing empty crates and materials during the show. It’s also charged on repacking the crates and returning to the loading dock after the show. Drayage is charged by the weight of the materials.

Measurements:  Imperial feet and inches rather than metric metres and centimetres.

Voltage: 110v in America rather than traditional 220V in the UK

Union Labour: US Convention centres require hiring union labour to set up and disassemble your exhibition booth. And to complicate things labour is categorised based on the specific skills or job required so must be hired separately, ie carpenters to build and dismantle your display, electricians to install electrical services and lay cables, etc.  Labour hourly rates approx. $100-200 are regulated by local Union contracts and can vary with location, day and time of the job.

With labour costs so expensive, US stands tend to be modular components which are fully prepared and prefabricated off site, then shipped and assembled on-site to keep costs down. If you are bringing your stand in
from the UK it is also good to know the U.S. Customs and Border Protection specific rules on shipping in supplies for trade shows in the U.S

However, while the costs can be daunting, the return on investment can also be huge. So many UK companies are taking the stress out of exhibiting in America by using a UK company that understands the challenges of the process.

POD Exhibitions are in partnership with companies all over the U.S to take the stress out of planning a trade show in the U.S. Why not talk to POD about attending your next US tradeshow.

Exhibiting in San Francisco

San Francisco is an iconic city and popular destination for exhibiting
in northern California, with its main convention centres hosting many trade shows and exhibitions every year. 

It is a diverse city that attracts millions of visitors each year. Homem to beautiful scenery, iconic landmarks and world-renowned art and cultural institutions, which leads to high attendees at its events, San Francisco is a popular choice for UK companies choosing to exhibit in America.

Exhibiting at trades shows in San Francisco is easy for overseas
attendees with the great transport links to the city. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 39 international destinations and connects nonstop with 77 cities in the
U.S. The airport is also directly connected to downtown San Francisco by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), making extremely accessible to visitors.

Its largest convention centre, the Moscone Center is located only
blocks from San Francisco’s famous Union Square and walking distance to the cities central hotels, restaurants, museums, attractions, and transport.

Trade Show Venues in San Francisco

The Moscone Center is the largest convention and exhibition complex in San Francisco. It has a flexible location with digital registration technology, onsite event management and hundreds of meeting rooms and versatile exhibiting halls.

South San Francisco Conference Center

South San Francisco Conference Center is a large conference and
exhibition venue in heart of the biotech region, leading edge of Silicon Valley, minutes from San Francisco International Airport and 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco.

Mission Bay Conference Center

The Mission Bay Conference Center is a new event destination at the University of California San Francisco in its new 43 acre life sciences campus for teaching and research. 

Exhibiting in Orlando

Orlando is known for its theme and amusement parks, but it is one of the key destination cities for exhibition and trade shows in America. Exhibiting in Orlando is an easy destination for UK companies choosing to exhibit in the U.S with a major international airport, year round good weather and relatively short flight time from the UK.

As the major exhibiting city in the south east of America, millions
attend its trade shows each year.  Choosing to exhibit at a tradeshow in Orlando can be cheaper than in other big cities for trades shows like Las Vegas or New York.  The use of union labor and drayage charges are not as strict in Orlando as other US states allowing for budget flexibility.

Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)

The largest convention centre in Florida and the second largest in
America, the OCCC is operated by Orange County Government and situated in the major tourist area of Orlando. The Orange County Convention Center is the primary destination for trade shows in Florida with a busy convention calendar every year and 2,100,000 sq ft (200,000 m2) of exhibiting space.

The central tourist location of the largest convention centre in
Florida, the OCCC means its close to great amenities and hotels. By far the major tradeshows in Florida are held at the OCCC in Orlando. But other convention sites in Orlando include:

Caribe Royal Convention Centre
Central Florida Fair & Exposition Park
Central Florida Fairgrounds
Centroplex, Orlando
Expo Center Orlando
Florida Hotel and Conference Center
International Plaza Resort &Spa
University of Central Florida
Buena Vista Palace, Orlando

If you are a UK based company going to a trade show in Orlando, whether you are looking to purchase a new exhibition display or hire a rental trade show exhibit at an Orlando trade show, POD Exhibitions can help.

With partners all over the US, we have been successfully assisting UK companies with their plans to exhibit at trade shows in America.  With experience in helping large global companies to small UK companies attending their first tradeshow in Florida, we can provide a cost effective solution for your business.

Exhibiting in Los Angeles

Los Angles is a key destination for global trade shows and exhibitions.  With California’s economy the largest in the United States and said to be the world 6th largest economy in the world, it is a prime global destination for international shows and events. 

The number of attendees the L.A exhibitions and trades shows receive annually makes it a primary destination for UK companies exhibiting in America. The opportunities for networking, building relationships and engaging face to face with industry leaders makes attending trade shows in Los Angeles lucrative for UK businesses.

Convention and Expo Centres in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles area is home to a number of convention centres and exhibition halls. Los Angeles is a major hub for international trade and commerce and has a long history of hosting events, so has excellent facilities for exhibiting.

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC)

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) is a major convention center in downtown Los Angeles for trade shows, exhibitions but also a host of major events in California. The LACC is one of the largest convention centers in the United States with over 720,000 sq ft (67,000 m2) of exhibition space.

The LACC is one of the most technologically advanced convention and
exhibition centers in the world, making it a popular choice for
international companies exhibiting in America.

Los Angeles Trade Show Displays & Exhibits

POD Exhibitions deliver turnkey exhibition stands for UK companies exhibiting in Los Angeles, providing stand design and fabrication, graphics, logistics, install and dismantling , Audio-visual, flooring, furniture, show-services paperwork and on site supervision.

With years of experience and partners all over the US, we are able to provide a cost effective solution to exhibiting in America. From first class exhibition stand design to modular lightweight stands that you can see completely prebuilt in our UK factory before you travel to the states. We can take the stress out of organising and take care of the entire process for you, or just provide what your budget allows for.

Exhibiting in Las Vegas

Las Vegas continues to be the top destinations in the world for exhibiting, and remains America’s number 1 venue for tradeshows and exhibitions. Las Vegas boasts more than 11 million square feet of exhibit and meeting space – more than all of the UK for exhibiting, making it a top destination for global companies.

Hosting some of the key international tradeshows and with 150,000 hotel rooms on the doorstep of all the major Convention centres, it has become a key destination in the exhibition calendar. 3 of the America’s largest convention venues find their home in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Convention Center

With more than 3 million square feet, the Las Vegas Convention Center is one of the most modern, functional and largest trade show facilities in the United States hosting some major global exhibitions. It has 16 exhibition halls with movable walls, 144 meeting rooms with seating capacities ranging from 20 to 2,500.

Sands Expo & Convention Center

The 1.7 million square foot Sands Expo and Convention Center also includes 500,000 sq. ft. of The Venetian/Palazzo meeting space. This destination offers more than 7,000 suites, world-renowned restaurants, entertainment, shopping and nightlife all under one roof.

Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Resort and Casino

One of the largest convention centres in Las Vegas this a 2.1 million square foot centre of meeting and exhibiting space is set on the south Strip of the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Why UK Companies are Choosing Las Vegas to Exhibit

According to www.vegasmeansbusiness.comOn average, attendance increases 8 percent when conventions rotate into Las Vegas. Research also shows that attendees spend more time in
meetings and on the trade show floor when programs are held in Las Vegas

And with so many key global trade shows taking place in Las Vegas each year, more and more UK are making the investment to exhibit in the U.S. With the huge exposure, companies can gain at these massive international events, the retuns and contacts gained at these shows are invaluable for UJ businesses.

One of the key events held in Las Vegas each year is CES – the global consumer electronics and technology tradeshow organised by the Consumer technology Association. With 165,000 attendees expected for CES 2017 it is one of the worlds largest shows.

Exhibiting in Chicago

Chicago is a key destination for exhibitions and trade shows.  Home to the largest convention centre in America, it is visited by millions of visitors each year exhibiting at trade shows and exhibitions in the city each year.

With Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport being in the top 5 busiest airports in the world, Chicago is a city that home to big industry, big events, over 300,000 businesses and the world’s leading convention
centres.  And with more people travelling to Chicago for overnight business than any other U.S. destination, it is a city many UK companies have found as a key destination in the trade show calendar.

Why Exhibit in Chicago

One main feature of exhibiting in Chicago is its accessibility to so many people. According to “Its accessibility certainly plays a role in its popularity, as about
46 million people are within one day's drive of Chicago. These staggering numbers have a strong impact on the Chicago event-planning world.” So within easy reach of upwards of 46 million people by car, and direct routes into the city from 150 destinations around the world, it has become a world class location for exhibiting.

Exhibition & Convention Centres in Chicago

The largest convention centre in the US is McCormick Place.  McCormick Place comprises four state of the art buildings, the West, South and North Buildings and Lakeside Center. These buildings have a combined total of 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, 1.2 million square feet all on one level, making it America’s largest convention centre.

Other venues for exhibiting in Chicago include:

Merchandise Mart - the iconic building in downtown Chicago host to the top Design shows in America

Navy Pier - an impressive location with a 1000m pier of the shoreline of Lake Michigan

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center – a purpose built convention centre close to Chicago’s main international airport

Major shows held in Chicago include:

PACKEXPO - North America's largest packaging and processing show
showcasing state-of-the art materials, machinery and methods for
packaging and processing


Housewares Show offers consumer lifestyle and product trends for all
areas of the home.

BEA - BOOKEXPO AMERICA - The largest publishing event in North America

INTERNATIONAL FLORICULTURE EXPO - International Trade Show dedicated to the Floral Industry

Attending Trade Shows in Chicago

No matter the size of exhibition booth or space, we have been helping both UK and global companies with their trade show displays in Chicago. With our T3 lightweight modular stands we can assist in all aspects of trade show planning from design to installation. Talk our sales team about how we can help with exhibiting in Chicago.